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BMC RoadMachine 02 vs Specialized Roubaix Elite vs Argon18 Krypton XRoad

Old 11-05-17, 04:52 PM
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BMC RoadMachine 02 vs Specialized Roubaix Elite vs Argon18 Krypton XRoad

Hi Guys,

I'm in the market for a performance bicycle that is a good "all-rounder". I ride mostly roads but there are some bicycle paths that are quite "rough". No mud or gravel roads with big rocks.

I want to buy from my LBS so I've narrowed down to 3 bicycles:
-2017 BMC RoadMachine 02 with Ultegra groupset.
-2018 Specialized Roubaix Elite with 105
-2017 Argon 18 Krypton XRoad with 105

All have hydraulic brakes.

I found a helpful article which compares all 3 (and more). (I can't post it here because I'm a new member to this forum and I can put links in my posts). They favoured the BMC first, then Roubaix, and were critical of the Argon18 as "heavy" and dull.

However my confusion is that, as an amateur cyclist, should I be getting the greatest gear? The Argon18 is $800 (Canadian dollars) cheaper than the Roubaix and much cheaper than BMC.

I also test rode all three and didn't really see that much difference between them. But this could be because of my novice skill level.

Should I go for the cheapest bicycle? Or should I got for the bettered reviewed and better spec bicycles? I can afford the most expensive bicycle (BMC) but wondering what will be the best thing for a novice rider.

(My background is that I've been riding a steel bicycle with frictonless downtube shifters and toe clips. I've been riding for several years).

Thanks for your input!

Brian
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Old 11-05-17, 05:02 PM
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I would get the Specialized with the Future Shock. But it's spec'd with mechanical brakes. I'd still get it.
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I got the Roubaix myself. I liked the FS stem and the big plush tires. Makes a big difference on my longer rides.

These bikes seem to be pretty much the same save for the FS. The manufacturers are trying to differentiate them via prices point and group set but I'm not sure how much you care. It looks like you can go for slightly better shifting, more comfort, less money.

Pick your poison! Good luck!
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I think you're probably down to the point where you choose based on the color scheme you want.
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I got my Roubaix Expert on Oct. 18th, yes not an Elite but anyway, and have 1000+ miles on it. This past Saturday I rode my 2013 Giant Propel Advanced SL for a 101 miler then went back home for refueling and bike swap to the Roubaix, went back out for another 101 miles.

The Roubaix's Future Shock was IMMEDIATELY FELT and improved the ride comfort plus along with the tires and frame geometry simply made for a relaxed, responsive ride. Not meant to be a race bike but feels like it could be raced with agility and be more comfortable. As an endurance bike, it has been DONE RIGHT.

BTW, 3 rides last week......

Tuesday for 132 miles on the Roubaix
Thursday for 164 miles on the Roubaix
Saturday for 101 miles on the Propel then 101 miles on the Roubaix total of 202 miles

My suggestion, test ride the bikes again for a bit longer. Good luck.
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Awesome! Thanks for the info guys! I'm going to go for the Roubaix. Cheers!
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Originally Posted by goof1972 View Post
Awesome! Thanks for the info guys! I'm going to go for the Roubaix. Cheers!
Not to throw a monkey in the wrench, but if you're going for the Roubaix exclusively for the future shock, you can get a similar kind of impact reduction with the Redshift Shockstop. (I have one and it's utterly amazing.) I mean, if there were things you especially liked about the BMC but wanted the FS, you could add the shockstop to the BMC and HAVE IT ALL.
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